Trekkies have not been kind to the first Star Trek Beyond trailer, declaring that Justin Lin has taken their beloved franchise too far into Fast & Furious territory. Now, you can count two of this sci-fi series' stars as serious detractors of the preview that landed with a resounding thud amongst hardcore fans last week. Simon Pegg, who stars as Scotty and co-wrote the script, is the first actor to admit that he didn't exactly like the 90 second teaser. And George Takei, the original Sulu, thinks it's rubbish.
After seeing the Star Trek Beyond trailer for the first time, George Takei was quite taken back. And he has since publicly criticized Paramount's publicity efforts on the sequel. Even though the footage arrives in a nice, tight package at one minute and thirty seconds, with a thumping soundtrack provided by the Beastie Boys' hit Sabotage, the actor claimed it 'lacked substance'. We're not sure what kind of substance one is to glean from a truncated music video posing as a quick movie ad. Despite that, George Takei went further in saying this, which a lot of Trekkies agree with.
"It doesn't have that element that made Star Trek what it was."
Simon Pegg, who has a masked yet key role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was approached at the London premiere for that sci-fi sequel opening this weekend. And he was asked for his thoughts on the Star Trek Beyond trailer. Maybe he liked it a little better than George Takei. But not by much. The actor, who was hired to co-write the screenplay after the first team tasked with the job failed, just doesn't feel the teaser properly reflects what the movie is about. He had this to say to HeyUGuys.
"It was very action packed, it was surprising. I find it to be the marketing people saying, 'Everybody come and see this film, it's full of action and fun', when there's a lot more to it than that. I didn't love it because I know there's a lot more to the film. There's a lot more story and a lot more character stuff and a lot more, what I would call, 'Star Trek stuff'. To Star Trek fans, I would say: hang in there, be patient."
Shortly after the trailer debuted, director Justin Lin held a roundtable interview with several press outlets, including /Film, where he offered some insight into the footage. He says there were other versions that didn't make the cut, which were longer. He hopes the footage represents the risks they're taking with this sequel. Perhaps this explains the trailer a little better and will ease some Trekkies' worries.
"Well, its a minute and a half, you know... And again, there were other versions that were much more traditional and I can see where maybe the hardcore fans could probably see that as, 'Oh.' But with trailers you're putting a two-hour movie into a minute and a half, and the one thing I wanted to make sure is that it hopefully represents that we are trying to be bold and take risks, whether we are successful or not, I don't know. That was something I was excited to do and with collaborators like Simon (Pegg) and Doug (Jung), passion for the franchise will be there regardless. So however it's presented, yeah it's a minute and a half, and my challenge to everyone making the trailer is about saying let's not go off course, I'm not afraid to share - share it, I feel like we have the goods in a two-hour run and you really do get to know the characters and hopefully the journey is great. I love it and the cast did an amazing job and the crew... and the inside baseball version of the creation of this Trek was pretty condensed in how you usually make a movie of this size. And I wanted us to be bold, I wanted us to take chances and hopefully in a minute and a half we are able to convey that."
The action-packed footage gives us a sneak peek at the nefarious villain, played by Idris Elba, along with the rest of our favorite crew members from the U.S.S. Enterprise, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). Other new cast members coming aboard for Star Trek Beyond include Sofia Boutella, Lydia Wilson and Joe Taslim. Justin Lin is directing from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. Paramount has already set a July 22, 2016 release date for this sequel, which will also coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series. Do you agree with either Simon Pegg or George Takei? Rewatch the tailer here in case you missed it.